Common Jasmine
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Common Jasmine
ative Shrub pinnate Photo: Tabish
Common name: Common Jasmine, True jasmine, Poet's jasmine • Hindi: चमेली Chameli • Marathi: Jati-jai • Konkani: Sanjui • Sanskrit: मल्लिका Mallika • Nepali: लहरे चमेली Lahare Chamelee, चिनियाँ चमेली Chiniyaa Chamelee, लहरे जाइ Lahare Jaai
Botanical name: Jasminum officinale    Family: Oleaceae (Jasmine family)

Common jasmine is a shrubby decidious vine that is native to India and China. Its flowers are very fragrant. Common jasmine foliage is decidious. Leaves are opposite and pinnate; leaflets are ovate and pointed. Leaflets 3-7, upper surface slightly pubescent, especially on midrib and margins, lateral leaflets acute or apiculate, sessile or subsessile, the upper pair sometimes with broad connate bases, terminal much larger, ovate or lanceolate, acuminate. Flowers of common jasmine are white, and fragrant. Common jasmine is the national flower of Pakistan.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Kufri, Himachal Pradesh & Dhanaulti, Uttarakhand.

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